Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



One of the most Honorable and Praiseworthy qualities admired most about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was that He was a Diplomatic Ambassador of Peace! Dr. King was a PEACEMAKER, and a strong man of FAITH, INTEGRITY, JUSTICE, BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES and VALUES! In His avid quest to fight for equality and justice he embraced non violence! Dr. Martin Luther King was a Baptist Minister born at noon in his family home on January 15,1929 in Atlanta Georgia. How ironic his Queen Anne style home was in what is known as the magnificent "Sweet Auburn District." He was an avid and dedicated prominent leader in the “Civil Rights” movement! However it was because of his gallant efforts he was violently assassinated in 1968 at the age of 39. Dr. King fought long and tenaciously for the equal rights for people of Color! He wanted the same rights that were extended to Whites extended to all people! He was especially instrumental in ending legal segregation that plagued African Americans in the South. Dr. King led many powerful and peaceful demonstrations. For his many efforts he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964!


Dr. King came from an ancestral lineage of Baptist Ministers. His father and his grandfather were ministers! They both became pastor’s in succession of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia! He was raised in a very comfortable, loving and stable middle class Christian home! He was a brilliant, well educated and gifted man! He excelled prolifically in his studies and skipped both the (9th) ninth and (12th) twelfth grades! He was admitted to the impressive Morehouse College at the early age of only (15) fifteen years old.



Dr. King was aware from a very early age of the obvious discrimination that existed against African Americans. There is an interesting little story of when he was only 6 years of age, his white playmate told him that they could no longer play together since they were now going to segregated schools! Before King’s going off to college, he first went to work on a tobacco farm in Connecticut. It is here he realized that the same discrimination was not apparent that he had experience in the South! He took note of the many activities that both whites, blacks, reds, yellows, browns and all colors shared. Here basically all Colors participated together! They went to worship together they could eat out publicly together, it was an eye opening experience!


Dr. King enthusiastically entered Morehouse College and initially his desire was to study medicine and law. However he became impressed with the marvelous oratorical skills of Benjamin Mays an activist, educated and intelligent man who was pursuing equal rights and racial equality! Mays had made and indelible impression upon his father, Martin Luther Sr. The young budding Martin remained impressed as well. He graduated from Morehouse College in 1948! Dr. King then attended Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. King early on had a charismatic personality and was elected student body president of the predominantly white student body. He eventually earned his Bachelor’s of Divinity in 1951. King then went on to Boston University, it is here he earned a Doctorate! Here in Boston is where he met the love of his life Coretta Scott. She was studying at the New England conservatory of Music. They married in a beautiful lawn ceremony at her family’s home! The ceremony was officiated by Rev. Martin Luther King Sr., his father in 1953. From their beautiful union was born 4 wonderful children!


Of the many protests that was led by King it was the infamous Montgomery Alabama bus boycott that received acclaimed nationwide attention. Here the lovely intelligent Rosa Parks a hard working gentle natured Black woman who was tired after a long honest day at work, as an excellent and skilled seamstress decided not to give up her seat to a white passenger. Mrs. Parks was in turn arrested under the segregation laws. A concerted effort was made by the Activists they strategically planned and implemented a strategic and successful peaceful bus boycott. There were numerous marches and "sit ins"…


It was on his way to support a group of sanitation workers in Memphis,Tennessee that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated! Senator Edward Kennedy chartered a plane to bring Dr. King’s body home to Atlanta! At least (30) thirty buses and (100) one hundred planes were used to bring mourners for his “Homegoing Celebration” Sympathy was poured out from all over the world! The night before King had delivered a most prophetic message! He made this statement: ““I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.” It was the very next day while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel, he was killed by a sniper’s bullet! King’s loyal supporters throughout America were quite upset and 100+ riots ensued in various cities across the country! After much uproar and ongoing media attention! His white assassin James Earl Ray pleaded guilty, was convicted and sentenced to 99 years in prison. He later attempted to recant his confession of guilt and said that he was coerced by his attorneys. Ray held to the stance it was a conspiracy! Dr. King’s family came to his aid and support of Ray’s defense and embraced him. Ray died before he could be acquitted. Coretta Scott King, Dr. King’s widow made this statement upon Ray’s death; “America will never have the benefit of Mr. Ray's trial, which would have produced new revelations about the assassination…as well as establish the facts concerning Mr. Ray's innocence.”



Dr. Martin Luther King has been compared and contrasted to some of the greatest! To name a few; George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. The fact remains that he was martyred has further served to keep his memory alive. His legacy lives on in the hearts of many as well as in the history of America’s historical corridors and the world at large. His legacy has a life of its own!


It was after his death that he was accredited with an overwhelming international status. There are roads, highways, buildings, schools and institutions named in his honor throughout the United States. In 1986 he was honored with a national Holiday celebrated on the 3rd Monday in January. In 1991 the Lorraine Hotel where he was assassinated became a Museum. In London they have a sculpture of him over the door to the west front at West Minister Abbey in his honor. Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” oratorical famous speech is well remembered and often quoted by many universally! Excerpt from this speech: “And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"


Dr. King was a wonderful inspiring man of God whose voice in the midst of the prevalent and tumultuous prejudice harnessing America opened the pathway to equality for all colors! His eloquence, charismatic style, self sacrificing, courageous and arduous commitment will forever be ingrained in the chronicles of America’s History as well as the hearts of many! King lived under the microscope of the Federal Bureau of Investigation the ongoing surveillance was spearheaded under J. Edgar Hoover. Many unfounded allegations were made to undermine his credibility. But none of them could serve to tarnish his incredible, impeccable, accomplishments as a committed man of God and strong ardent peaceful contributions as a Civil Rights Activist. Nor his infamous merited accomplishment of receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo Norway! Upon His acceptance he stated “I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind,”said King in his acceptance speech. “I refuse to accept the idea that the ‘isness' of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal ‘oughtness' that forever confronts him.


Indeed there is so much more that could be said about this dedicated man of God; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr… Yet, I close here with another memorable excerpt from “ I Have A Dream!”

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."



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guidebaba 6 years ago from India

I read about him when I was in school. It was nice to remember him back through this hub. Thanks a lot.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

Rosa Parks sat so that Martin could walk. Martin walked so that Obama could run. Obama ran so our children could fly. (attributed to Jay Z).

Having lived through the beginning and apex of the civil rights movement, this hub has caused me to pause and reflect on the far reaching influence of a man whose dream helped to pave the way for our historic new presidency.

I thought about how over the past few years, I have seen a generation of our inner city youth, burdened with much of the unsolved problems handed down to them from their elders, rising above their own cynicism and hopelessness to reach for what they cannot see. Perhaps, through supportive parents, unselfish community mentors, dedicated teachers urging reflections on Rosa Parks stubborn resistance, King's legacy and Obama's feat, many of these multicultural young people are enabled to see in themselves their own potential for excellence.

DeBorrah, thank you for this hub that remembers not only the struggles and achievements of a great man, but one who, for the cause of justice and equality, put himself in harms way. “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” God bless you my dear sister!!

May the spirit of his dream and the help of the Holy Spirit continue to fuel our nonviolent action through community involvement and simple acts of loving kindness to all God's children.

Forever His,


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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

A wonderful tribute to an inspired and good man,who well deserves his place as one of the greatest men in history.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Guidebaba, Thank you for sharing your comments! You are quite welcome! I am so glad that this tribute to Dr. King has brought back pleasant memories for you, Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Rev Lady, Thank you as always for your insightful and contributing comments! Thank you for that prose from "JayZ" it is a first for me. I luv it!

This was a very cathartic and invigorating article to pursue. Dr. King’s history is so rich and there is so very much to share. He accomplished so much in his short life span. I selected only a few nuggets to perhaps spur others on to seek more….

I so admire what Dr. King stood for, the right to be able to do and have like anyone else as a choice! A lower place as far as status was designated for the "so called" undesirables of Color. As to “put them in their place” This was not at all about seeking the material but it was the principle. He fought so we could go in the front door, hold our heads up, look anyone in the eyes, live, go, do, have anything like anyone else if so desired! This is so often overlooked. He accomplished this with style and integrity…

Thank you my sister! I sense that through the Spirit you can see where I am coming from! In “Jesus Christ” we are somebody! Yes it does mean that we have to sometimes be in harms way. But what is most important is that we are in the “Arms of the LORD” As you stated: May the spirit of his dream and the help of the Holy Spirit continue to fuel our nonviolent action through community involvement and simple acts of loving kindness to all God's children.” PRAISE GOD!!! As always thank you for sharing! May Our Father Bless and KEEP you as we labor to point others to Jesus Christ our Lord! Love & Blessings!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Itakins, Thank you for responding and sharing! Dr. King was truly a man of God as well as a good man... Yes! I too agree he does desserve his rightful place in history for his honorable contributions to mankind! Again thank you, In His Love & Blessings!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

A great man of Inspiration. Thanks for this Hub, it's given me more knowledge about him. For years and years, people will continue to benefit from what he did.

Great Hub. :)


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Lady E, So glad that you are inspired! Dr. King really did a lot for the advancement of all people... There is much more I just shared a few "nuggets" ... I am sure you will enjoy discovering more about him...I agree many will continue to benefit as you say for "years". Thank you for sharing as always, Much love & Blessings!


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ubanichijioke 6 years ago from Lagos

Posterity has a way of honoring the good peoPlE. It is on record that Dr. Martin Luther King deserves his place in the anals of history. His heroic deeds speak volume & his dream came to fruition. Your insightful appraisal his works can never be overlooked. More of his dreams will surely come true. Æ~ALEX~Æ


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Ubanichijioke, Dr. King truly stands shoulder to shoulder with the greatest! Thank you for your kind words. Yes, I too believe that more of his dreams will unfold... Thank you for sharing, Blessings!


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godpreacher 6 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

Sis. DeBorrah,

Thanks for allowing us to remember the greatness of a man on a mission, and a man with a purpose through this inspiring hub. Let us endeavor to keep his dreams alive!

God Bless


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

godPreacher, Thank you brother! It is always so refreshing to see how God works through others when they are open to Him! Dr. king is a great example...

May the Lord use you in a mighty way as well, as you continue to be encouraged as you aspire others both believers and non believers to draw closer to the Lord! Thank you for taking the time to visit and share, In His love & Blessings!


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Reverend King was a great man. He was a man of courage that knew his fate, yet he marched on for the sake of his people and of his values, and for our country. His values will never be forgotten. Your work in this article is fantastic and marvelously well written. God Bless You Dearest of Hearts.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Stars439, Dr. King was truly a great dedicated man of God! Thank you for visiting and sharing your heartfelt insightful comments. Your kindness is appreciated. In his Love & Blessings to you and yours!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

MLK was truly inspiring and fought for justice and equality for ALL! Great hub!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Habee, Dr, King truly was a great man for ALL people! Thank you for visiting and sharing your comments, In His Love & Blessings!


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no body 6 years ago from Rochester, New York

As you probably know DeB, my wife and two adopted children are people of color. When I was a kid, my parents pretended that there was no issue when it came to color. I know that they both had problems with race. They never talked about it but gave little clues. With so much invested in black folks I have studied Dr. King and know he is my brother. He will be in heaven when I get there and I can thank him for everything he let God do in his life. He was a peacemaker and that was what everyone likes to think was his greatest accomplishment but it wasn't. He was a pastor, a soul winner and didn't go to heaven alone. I love him for that and he is one of my heroes because he loved his Lord. I love you DeB.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Nobody, It is really is quite interesting the plethora of ways one has been impacted one way or the other by the many prejudices that often come along with being a person of Color! It is another device of spiritual warfare to divide. I respect Dr. King in His fight for equality. We have come a long way but there is still a long way to go!

GOD for me is the GREAT EQUALIZER...

I am sure that being married to a woman of color and having children of color has given you additional insight! As they say my Father was half Black half White. It is quite comforting and reassuring to know that with God we are ALL HIS children regardless of what Color we are...

Dr. King was truly a strong Man of God and a Peacemaker! I focus on the Peacemaker aspect because not all men who say they are called of the Lord are Peacemakers. His role as Peacemaker is significant because there are very few men of Color who are known for this particular quality! Thank you my brother for sharing your warm and honest commments! In His Love & Blessings!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Great Hub, sister. I remember MLK quite well. I admired him very much when I was a boy. You have created a fine tribute to the man. Thank you for pleasure.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

James A Watkins, Thank you and Thank you for stopping by brother! It is always a pleasure! Love & Blessings!


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Hannah Ministries 6 years ago

I can't believe I missed this hub sister! Just now I found it! I love MLK. Just this monday we marched here in San Antonio the MLK march! I loved his idea's but more that all I loved that! I read a lot about him. thanks for this fabulous hub.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Hannah Ministries, I am so glad you stopped by! Dr. King was truly a great man of God, dedicated to equality for ALL people obtained through PEACE!

You are quite welcome and Thank You! Please do come again, Blessings!


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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

HE HAD A DREAM, AND IT CAME TRUE!!!!! Praise God! GREAT, GREAT HUB!!!!!! As always my friend!!!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

DrPastorCarlotta, Dr. Martin Luther King is so inspiring! Yes! His Dream came true and continues on... Thank You and PRAISE GOD!!! May the Lord's FAVOR continue to rest upon you! In His love, Peace & Blessings!


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Resolver2009 6 years ago from Bournemouth, UK / Oslo, Norway

Great hub DeBorrah K. Ogans, thank you for the excellent read. Very informative and inspiring. Btw, have just published the seventh episode of my thriller series Three Minutes to Midnight. Would love it if you checked it out. See you around. Blessings. //Alex


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Resolver2009, Thank you! You are quite welcome! Alex I will stop by later... Blessings!


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

A beautiful hub about MLK! Great job Deb! He was one of the greatest Americans of our history............


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Michael Shane, Martin Luther was a beautiful man of God and as you say; truly one of the "greatest Americans of our history..."

Thank you for visiting and sharing, Please do come again!

Peace & Blessings!


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Prayzes 6 years ago

Wow! I am a bit taken back. I just read your hub about marriage and I thank God for the work Dr.King had done. I take the lead during Black History month in exhibiting and highlighting the contributions,etc via weekly presentations. I honor you as a Minister of the gospel, of which I am also. In this season, I have the privilege to help broken, mistreated, abused and misused women to heal and establish a life path of success. I find many of them and many of us just as the Word says looks at the outward appearance. God looks at the heart; and as a man thinks in his heart that is what he is. I said that to say, I teach them not to be merely a public success but also a private success; "to do the right thing even when no one is looking." I appreciate the variety of your expositions and admonishments of prayer. May I share this motto which I strive to live by, "the safest place in the whole wide world is in the Word of God." For it is the Truth that makes us free. I pray that we hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago Author

Prayzes, PRAISE GOD! Dr Martin Luther King was a Great man of GOD! May you continue to be Fruitful in our Father's Vineyard! There is much inner "PEACE" when you KNOW the LORD knows your heart...

Great Motto! Here is mine; "I live before an Audience of ONE!" God truly is GOOD. HIS TRUTH really does set you FREE! Again welcome to The Hub Pages...

Thank you for stopping by to share! In HIS Love, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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cristina327 5 years ago from Manila

This is indeed an excellent hub which presents a well-written account of a great man of courage and dignity Martin Luther King. Truly his legacy will live on through the years.Thank you for sharing his marvelous life testimony with us here at Hubpages. Remain blessed always. Best regards.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

Cristina, You are so welcome! So glad that you enjoyed this! Dr. King was definitely an extraordinary committed man of God! He assiduously fought for equal rights in a peaceful and diplomatic manner. His legacy continues to live on.

Thank you for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Dr. King was indeed a peacemaker. Unfortunately he was feared by some. His inspiring work will one day reach its fullness. His courage will never be matched. His strength never equaled. You have succeeded in reminding us all to stand for what we believe in and continue to follow in his footsteps. May we all live to be peacemakers each day. May you receive unlimited blessings

from our loving Father.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago Author

Vocalcoach, Dr King was a brilliant man of God who promoted Peace! Yes a genuine Peacemaker that believed and subscribed to non violence. It was because of their fear many attempted to undermine his integrity! His dreams are slowly but surely becoming a reality…! Yes, we too should stand for what we believe! Thank you for taking the time to stop by! Your comments are appreciated! Thank You! & God Bless You! In His Love Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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